Seacat Weatherly secures Moray Offshore Windfarm charter

Seacat Weatherly accommodates 24 passengers and a total of 11 tons of cargo at a service speed of 26 knots. (Courtesy: Seacat Weatherly)

Offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services has signed a long-term charter for catamaran Seacat Weatherly to support operations and maintenance activity for the Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited.

The 100-turbine, 950-MW capacity wind farm is off the coast of Fraserburgh, Scotland.

“The North Sea is a key location for the U.K.’s offshore wind industry; capitalizing on the region’s strong wind speeds is vital as the government pursues its target for all electricity to be green by 2035,” said Mark Drew, Seacat Services managing director. “At Seacat, we’ve tailored our fleet to support the build out of key offshore wind markets and are proud to be offering our best-in-class support to such important clean energy projects as those in development in Scottish waters.”

“We secured Seacat for this charter due to the reputation of its fleet for safety, reliability, and maneuverability,” said Paul Cavanaugh, Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited asset director. “Seacat’s fleet of Chartwell 24s routinely proves its salt across offshore sites in Scotland and the U.K.; to have a domestic provider with such a track record for delivering high quality performance in the North Sea brings clear advantages to the Moray East project. We look forward to working with them throughout the development and maintenance of the wind farm.”

Building wind farms in deeper waters farther from shore enables operators to harness greater wind speeds with fewer obstructions than on land, but trades its increased power production potential for more complex logistics. Conducting offshore technicians safely and comfortably to sites such as Moray East is critical for the continuous provision of renewable power to Scotland and the United Kingdom.

Seacat Weatherly accommodates 24 passengers and a total of 11 tons of cargo at a service speed of 26 knots.

Seacat Services operates internationally out of Cowes, U.K., with a fleet of 14 IACS classified multi-purpose offshore energy support vessels. Each vessel is purpose designed and constructed to conduct safe, fast, comfortable transport and transfer of peronnel and equipment in the toughest of marine environments.